Loose Threads: Materialising the poetics of celebrity death, discarded flannel and art making as memento mori

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Abstract

I once read that after Kurt Cobain died Courtney Love gave all his clothes to the Goodwill. Their daughter didn’t need a pile of baggy sweaters or torn jeans to remember him by, or something like that, it said. This anecdote has hung in my mind like one of those ill-fitting sweaters ever since. What has captivated me most about this story is the prospect of random people walking around in Kurt Cobain’s clothing, masquerading as rock stars, without knowing it.

This paper offers an exegetical account of my efforts to materialise the poetics of Kurt’s missing shirts and the contingencies that inevitably arise when attempting to creatively work through tragic circumstances. I outline my creative response to Courtney Love’s ‘throw away’ line and the image it produces of celebrity fashion cut loose. I discuss the experimental practice emerging from my engagement with the fabric of memory and flannel and how it corresponds to my broader interests in photography, musical cultures, melancholy and commemorative gestures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalAxon: Creative Explorations
Volume8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018
Externally publishedYes

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